The Orpheus Caving Club was established in 1949 to promote the scientific study and exploration of caves within the Peak District and in other areas of the UK and abroad. It is one of the longest established Derbyshire Caving Clubs with a rich history of caving activities to its credit. The Club membership is predominantly drawn from the Derbyshire and Leicestershire area with some members from other parts of the UK. New members are always welcome. For general information about the Orpheus Caving Club or becoming a member contact:

Chris Jackson Secretary 07905 133603 Email:

The Club offers the following benefits:

Hostel Accommodation

Orpheus Caving Club has a cottage that is situated in open countryside in the Peak District National Park south of Buxton, close to the caving systems of Monyash, Lathkill Dale and the Manifold Valley and less than 20 miles from the Castleton caving area. The 'Cottage', as it is known, is available for use by Club members and for other groups visiting the Peak District and requiring hostel accommodation.

Caving Trips

On many weekends there are Club Members staying at the Cottage and involved in a variety of caving activities within the Peak District. These range from sporting trips into the various caves and mines, along side activities of an exploratory nature.

In addition to this the Club organizes a regular programme of caving trips to other major caving areas within the UK and abroad. A list of these trips the meets list is published annually.


The Club has a good selection of caving equipment in the form of ropes and ladders that are available for use by Club members on Club trips.


Every two months the Club produces a newsletter for members that contains information on caving trips undertaken by members, recent explorations in the Peak District and other area, information on future trips and events along with a whole host of other information of relevance/interest to Club members.

To promote the spread of information on a wider basis copies of the newsletter are are swapped (exchanged) with those of other clubs and clubs wishing to organize swaps should contact the Hon Librarian. (See Library section)


The Orpheus Caving Club has a very well stocked Club library that contains several thousand books and journals on the various aspects of caving and cave exploration. Members are able to borrow most items and non members may have access to the library on request.

For more information contact the Hon Librarian Simon Brooks 07531-001990
or Email

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